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05 November 2019

In a recent podcast, Lawfare posted the recording of the "From Within" panel, which took place on September 27 at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival. Bobby Chesney, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, joined panelists, including Nick Rasmussen, Senior National Security Fellow at the Strauss Center, in discussing a host of issues related to domestic terrorism, which he defined as an instance of terrorism in which the nature of the threat does not maintain significant foreign ties. Chesney further discussed the legal nuance of domestic terrorism, noting that while there is currently no domestic terrorism statue on the books, there are several other federal statues which could apply to incidents of domestic terrorism, particularly those using explosives. A major loophole he highlighted is that there is no statute for the use of guns or vehicles an act of violence committed without foreign ties. The panel discussed several subtopics of domestic terrorism, including the pros and cons of a domestic terrorism statute, the need for a “whole of government approach” in mitigating domestic terrorism, and role of social media in mitigating and inspiring acts of domestic violence. Listen to the full podcast here.

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